Tonight, serve your family this creepy recipe that says Happy Halloween! While the soup is a creamy, comforting classic, the eyeball and bug garnishes are far from ordinary. The crushed tomato vegetable mixture needs a half an hour to cook, so let the soup simmer while the kids put on their costumes.

However, if your night is too crazy to put together a soup, simply make the scary garnishes and serve with a store-bought tomato soup. To get the warming recipe,


Eye-Popping Soup

Eye-Popping Soup


  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 onion, finely chopped
  3. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  5. 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  6. 1 quart homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  7. 3 sprigs oregano or marjoram
  8. 1/2 cup half-and-half
  9. Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  10. 6 pitted black Kalamata olives
  11. 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  12. 4 fresh chives, cut into 1-inch pieces
  13. 1 pound (about 30) bocconcini (bite-size mozzarella balls)
  14. 1 jar small pimiento-stuffed olives


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add wine, and cook until most liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute.
  3. Add tomatoes, stock, and oregano, and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat, and simmer gently until thickened, 30-45 minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, remove herbs. Puree soup in small batches until smooth. Return to pan, and slowly pour in half-and-half, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Meanwhile, make the bugs: Use a toothpick to pierce each Kalamata olive 4 times (all the way through to other side). Insert a rosemary leaf into each hole to make eight legs. Insert two pieces of chive into the small hole at the end of the olive to make antennae.
  7. Make the eyeballs: Using a small melon baller, scoop out a hole from each bocconcini. Halve each pimiento-stuffed olive crosswise. Place a half, cut side out, in the hole in each bocconcini to make eyeballs.
  8. Ladle hot soup into shallow bowls. Float 4 or 5 eyeballs in soup, and place a bug on rim of each bowl.

Serves 6.

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